Mary Vitamin for January 31st
Topic: Our Lady, St. John Bosco, and the seed which fell on good soil.
"It has been estimated that about twenty-five hundred of Don Bosco's boys had listened to the higher call that led up the aisle to the altar."
Neil Boyton S.J.,The Blessed Friend of Youth Don Bosco, 210.
"But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."
Why did St. John Bosco's life embody this parable?
"Mary was the topic of [St. John Bosco's] first public sermon; her name was the last word he spoke on earth. Nothing was too small to dedicate and confide to her; no enterprise was too great for him to undertake with her help. 'He who stands alone,' he was wont to say, 'does but little; but with Mary's help he will do much. In fact, anyone can do anything with the help of Mary, can obtain anything from her. She is omnipotent in grace and we ought to call upon her every moment."
Edna Phelan, Don Bosco A Spiritual Portrait, (Doubleday) 234.
Today, I will allow Our Lady to make over the soil in my soul
that I may become the good soil which receives the Word of
Christ. I will let her be the Plow, the Rake and the Gardener.
"His daily life became a living example of the virtues of Mary: purity and humility, amiability and charity, hatred of sin and zeal for souls, all dominated by an intense and glowing love of Christ. His associates and pupils had only to observe Don Bosco performing the many tasks which his work entailed to recognize in him a true man of God. Never sparing himself, never wasting a moment, gently correcting and encouraging, meeting reverses or good fortune with unruffled good humor, he referred everything with equal fervor to the 'Madonna who loves us so much."
Edna Phelan, Don Bosco A Spiritual Portrait, 239.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.